She was born in England, grew up in Saskatoon, and lives now in Winnipeg, where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba. In addition to scholarly material, she has published a chapbook, Ghost Works: Improvisations in Letters and Poems, in collaboration with Jeanette Lynes, and one poetry collection, Wolf Tree (Coteau), which won the 2008 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author at the 2008 Manitoba Book Awards. Alison Calder is married to writer Warren Cariou. She was a Distinguished Junior Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia in 1999.
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